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Jakkalsvlei (32051819)

Western Cape

Authority CapeNature
Conservation status UNPROTECTED
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A lagoon at the mouth of the Jakkals River. Open water, with very little emergent vegetation; shorelines of sand and mud, with some Salicornia; submergent Myriophyllum attracts coot. Waterfowl numbers peak in summer, when birds move to such permanent waterbodies from drying seasonal pans in the region. Nationally significant concentrations of Cape Shoveller were recorded in 1997 and 1998. Redknobbed Coot numbers peak in winter. Good numbers of Whitewinged Tern occurred in summer 1997. Variable numbers of Hartlaub's and Kelp Gulls visit the vlei to bathe in fresh water (K. Shaw). The river mouth should be open periodically but has remained closed for some time, largely due to a weir built by Lamberts Bay Municipality to ensure flooding on a more permanent basis (theoretically to attract birds and hence tourists). Even if the weir were removed, the system might not revert to its natural state because of water abstraction upstream and because a harbour wall extension has caused greater deposition of sand at the river mouth. Severe threats are posed by dam construction in the catchment; gravel pits in the river course, a nearby municipal dump, and alien plant infestation all have important effects.

SppCommon nameTaxonomic nameMinAvgMaxIBASubregional
255Calidris alba618.5050   
256Calidris pugnax621.5065  
1016Anas platyrhynchos11.001
269Avocet, PiedRecurvirostra avosetta17.2135   
212Coot, Red-knobbedFulica cristata1118.56892   
48Cormorant, CapePhalacrocorax capensis44.004   
50Cormorant, ReedMicrocarbo africanus12.9212   
47Cormorant, White-breasted Phalacrocorax lucidus18.0032   
267Curlew, EurasianNumenius arquata11.001   
52Darter, AfricanAnhinga rufa24.336   
10006Duck, DomesticAnas platyrhynchos11.001
101Duck, Fulvous WhistlingDendrocygna bicolor1313.0013   
103Duck, MaccoaOxyura maccoa112.8854   
96Duck, Yellow-billedAnas undulata113.0090   
149Eagle, African FishHaliaeetus vocifer11.001
59Egret, LittleEgretta garzetta11.804   
86Flamingo, Greater Phoenicopterus roseus2134.50955 625750
87Flamingo, LesserPhoeniconaias minor134.24285   
89Goose, EgyptianAlopochen aegyptiaca118.54142   
88Goose, Spur-wingedPlectropterus gambensis16.4020   
5Grebe, Black-neckedPodiceps nigricollis130.21126 125 
4Grebe, Great CrestedPodiceps cristatus35.006   
6Grebe, LittleTachybaptus ruficollis126.06104   
263Greenshank, CommonTringa nebularia12.225   
288Gull, Grey-headedChroicocephalus cirrocephalus12.676   
289Gull, Hartlaub'sChroicocephalus hartlaubii155.92667250125300
287Gull, KelpLarus dominicanus1203.162163300150700
55Heron, Black-headedArdea melanocephala11.824   
54Heron, GreyArdea cinerea11.575   
81Ibis, African SacredThreskiornis aethiopicus18.2540   
83Ibis, GlossyPlegadis falcinellus118.2533   
84Ibis, Hadada Bostrychia hagedash13.118   
394Kingfisher, PiedCeryle rudis11.673
245Lapwing, BlacksmithVanellus armatus17.0021   
210Moorhen, CommonGallinula chloropus11.292   
231Oystercatcher, AfricanHaematopus moquini28.5018   
236Plover, Chestnut-bandedCharadrius pallidus12.004   
233Plover, Common RingedCharadrius hiaticula14.6819   
241Plover, GreyPluvialis squatarola11.001   
237Plover, Kittlitz'sCharadrius pecuarius110.2037   
238Plover, Three-bandedCharadrius tricollaris14.5630   
235Plover, White-frontedCharadrius marginatus17.5432   
102Pochard, SouthernNetta erythrophthalma17.3312   
258Sandpiper, CommonActitis hypoleucos111.7530  
251Sandpiper, CurlewCalidris ferruginea112.1360  
262Sandpiper, MarshTringa stagnatilis38.0016   
264Sandpiper, WoodTringa glareola16.0015   
90Shelduck, South AfricanTadorna cana215.73131   
94Shoveler, CapeSpatula smithii260.64549350175350
85Spoonbill, AfricanPlatalea alba11.001   
270Stilt, Black-wingedHimantopus himantopus117.40129   
253Stint, LittleCalidris minuta122.13181   
98Teal, CapeAnas capensis127.48326   
1274Teal, EurasianAnas crecca2626.0026
97Teal, Red-billedAnas erythrorhyncha247.0095   
290Tern, CaspianHydroprogne caspia12.003   
291Tern, CommonSterna hirundo11229.005998 40001800
298Tern, Greater CrestedThalasseus bergii179.80799500250200
296Tern, SandwichThalasseus sandvicensis129.6782   
10009Tern, UnidentifiedN/A N/A156156.00156
305Tern, WhiskeredChlidonias hybrida44.004   
304Tern, White-wingedChlidonias leucopterus72295.00518   
274Thick-knee, WaterBurhinus vermiculatus22.002   
10008Wader, UnidentifiedN/A N/A1962.33100
686Wagtail, CapeMotacilla capensis34.255
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Monday 06 February 2023 04:45
FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology
Department of Biological Sciences - University of Cape Town

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